Home, Sweet Home...
09 February, 2012
Home, Sweet Home...

The well-known battle-cry ‘Patria o Muerte’ is no longer trendy. Probably! The sense of patriotism is escaping the globalized world of today.
Even the Georgians (the people living in the former soviet republic of Georgia) who have always been known for their acute love for motherland, should no longer be boasting about their special attitude towards their native country and culture. It used to be a household phrase to utter that a Georgian cannot survive in emigration and will definitely

die as a bird in a cage. No longer true! Or maybe, it has never been true – who knows? Before, there was less opportunity to flee the country and make roots somewhere else in the wide world of ours. Not any more! Globalization could be used as a scapegoat of course – let’s put the entire blame on this universal process which is inevitably turning the world into a modern Tower of Babel, our beloved Georgia being part of it. A regular arguer might say that you can be living anywhere in the world and continue loving your motherland just as much as you would love it being at home. Not so! Loving your country and people does not necessarily mean to only be culturally and spiritually attached to them. Patriotism above all means doing something for motherland. I understand that sometimes you might be able to do more from the outside but I think this would be understood as paying the dues which you feel obligated to pay just to let yourself feel better as a result. Figuratively saying, this could also qualify as laundering the fortuitously stained heart and mind which you need to keep pristine for spiritual stability. We the dwellers of the modern globalized world are gradually losing that famous feeling known as patriotism. We are no longer attached to our ethnic and spiritual backgrounds as we used to be before. In other words, we no longer feel our roots as deeply as we did in the past. We need to recognize that comfort and stomach are forcefully taking over. Stomach is so strong that it is driving us all the way towards the realm of better life-style. Stomach has become a determiner. When it comes to stomach the sense of patriotism goes down drastically. Stomach will not allow us to remain patriots for long. Stomach is so powerful! Beware of stomachs! Stomach will defeat any sense of love for motherland. It will not hear the tune and lyrics of that beautiful song of ‘Home, Sweet Home’. In the globalized world this becomes especially true. The globalized world is a chance-giver, an opportunity supplier, a survival guarantor. How can patriotism compete with this? And still, if you ask me, I will personally be a pure Mr. Nobody, a real nonentity without nursing deep inside me this incomparably meaningful and commanding sense of patriotism. Don’t get me wrong – I am talking only on my own behalf.

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